Therapists Maude Schellhous and Eve Dias help clients overcome mental hurdles blocking their goals for better lifestyles. Hypnotherapy can help tackle tough goals such as losing weight or alleviating anxiety and depression. Sessions can help clients lose weight by alleviating cravings and the desire for junk food while strengthening the desire to exercise and keep a balanced diet. A tome of testimonials chronicles clients' success in hypnotherapy, from smokers learning to kick the habit to pocket watches overcoming their fear of swinging. During a session, the patient retains total control while the hypnotherapist helps create a sense of relaxation, encouraging the subconscious mind to receive and retain helpful suggestions and affirmations.
Cynthia Ruiz spent her corporate career helping others, but after 30 years, she wanted to do more. In 2005, she began looking for the services of a life coach, which eventually led her to the California Institute of Healing Arts. Cynthia walked away from the institute with a degree as a holistic health practitioner, alternative health practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified behavioral therapist, and certified life coach. These disciplines are combined into holistic hypnotherapy programs to help clients achieve their goals, from eliminating smoking habits to losing unwanted pounds. Cynthia uses specialized hypnotherapy to remove mental blocks that inhibit growth and replaces them with thoughts that bolster inner-strength, all while clients remain conscious of themselves and their surroundings.
As a clinical medical and pediatric hypnotherapist, Loretta Holt helps people of all ages overcome unhealthy habits and feel more confident. She uses hypnosis as a behavior-modification tool to rid her clients’ subconscious minds of the bad habits that impede progress. Holt deeply relaxes her clients before helping them to address issues such as depression, stuttering, or a tendency to make impulse buys while sleepwalking.
Healing Alternatives Meditation Center fosters a heightened awareness and deeper relationship with one's own body and mind. Founder Lisa Chapman-Sorci, a certified Komyo Reiki Kai teacher since 2001, employs skills honed in hospitals, wellness institutions, and animal hospitals to calm energy fields with the ancient Japanese practice of reiki. Certified practitioners host weekly introductions to Shoshin meditation held in their comfy meditation room adorned with soft red pillows and floor-to-ceiling windows. Through behavioral therapy and life coaching, certified therapist Alicia O'Hara gives patients the tools to manage day-to-day challenges and offers hypnotherapy as a way to connect with the subconscious mind. Patients also exercise bodies along with minds through yin yoga classes, which allow time to fully explore postures through a gentle soundtrack of one hand clapping.
Belle Vie Skin Care's staff’s singular aim is to help their clients live the "belle vie," or beautiful life. They do so by focusing on the body's biggest organ, the skin, using DermaQuest Skin Therapy products. Naturally, they present a wide range of facials: there are 14 in all—enough to make each head of a 14-headed monster marginally less terrifying. These range from a quick 30-minute basic facial to more powerful treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED therapy, and chemical peels. As epidermis experts, they also specialize in waxing. Inside a private treatment room, a trained professional delicately removes the hair from bikini areas, the face, the back, and legs.
Trance For You's hypnotherapist, Teresa Kresheck, lulls clients into a state of extreme relaxation in order to send helpful suggestions to their subconscious minds. In doing so, Teresa hopes to help them cope with life problems, end their bad habits, or cure their phobias. Unlike the hypnosis that appears in the movies or is performed by cunning pocket-watch salesmen, clients will not fall asleep and be in Teresa's control. Rather, while they are in a state of relaxation, they remain comfortably aware of their surroundings. Teresa has had success in helping people stop smoking, get over various fears, and manage various forms of stress.